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Darjeeling Dashi

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Emma Star Jensen
Total time 20 mins
Yield Makes 3 cups
Created by Bay Area cookbook author Eric Gower, this ultraquick and unusual version of Japanese dashi (soup stock) delivers a serious umami punch, made even tastier by the addition of Darjeeling tea leaves. Use it as a base for a quick soup--it's very good with slices of the mushrooms you used to make the dashi, plus a curl or two of aged pecorino romano cheese. Or use it to deglaze pans for sauce, or to make insanely delicious rice (use half water, half Darjeeling dashi).

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aka (red) miso
  • 1 tablespoon Darjeeling tea leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 42
  • caloriesfromfat 4 %
  • protein 0.9 g
  • fat 0.2 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 10 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • sodium 807 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine tomatoes, mushrooms, soy sauce, and honey with 1 qt. water in a medium saucepan and simmer 5 minutes. Turn off heat and whisk in miso, tea leaves, and salt; let steep 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh colander (save shiitakes for another use, such as fried rice, pasta, or in the dashi for soup). Let cool. Dashi keeps, chilled, in a large glass jar for up to 1 week.

Cook's Notes

Nutritional analysis is per cup.

The Breakaway Cook